By Munyaradzi Goche
MUTARE – A 23-year-old self-styled prophet recently appeared in court facing allegations of murdering his own father for a Mazda 323 motor vehicle after he was tricked by another prophet into writing a confession of the murder.
Derrick Chitakatira of Chitakatira Village under Chief Zimunya, who is a prophet at Jekeniseni Church, was remanded in custody after he pleaded not guilty on his initial appearance.
It is alleged that on some day in 2018, Chitakatira took the now deceased to his shrine for spiritual cleansing where they prayed and fasted for three days.
On the last day, Chitakatira gave his father poisoned water as part a ‘cleaning process’ but the concoction killed him.
The matter came to light after the accused consulted a prophet in Burma Valley asking for spiritual protection and cleaning.
Chitakatira allegedly told that other prophet that he was responsible for the death of his father and wanted spiritual cover as he feared the deceased’s spirit will haunt him.
The prophet told him to write a letter confessing the criminal act as a precondition for spiritual help but he then called the deceased’s relatives from Burma Valley and showed them the confession.
The matter was later reported to police station leading to Chitakatira arrest.